Venue: Bamford Chapel, Norden Road, Rochdale OL11 5PQ. View directions
Contact: Stuart Hay - Tel 01706 922230
Welcome, Introductions and Apologies
Chair welcomed all to the meeting.
Code of Conduct PDF 23 KB
of the code of conduct was circulated with the papers, and all were
asked to abide by the code for the duration of the
Minutes of the last meeting and matters arising PDF 107 KB
Minutes of the last meeting held on Monday 21 September 2015 were
agreed as an accurate record and the following updates were
Pedestrian Crossing on Norden Road
crossing has been personally tested and it is operating correctly.
There are three pedestrian response options, all dependent on the
microwave detector on safety grounds. The lights are monitored via
computer phone link and tested regularly in the early hours all per
national Department of Transport guidelines:
Wait for seven seconds, if no traffic will change.
The microwave detector will monitor and stop traffic if there is a
suitable gap within thirty seconds.
Thirty seconds elapses the traffic will be interrupted and
concerns that the newly created ditch will not deter the traveller
community, the proposal to place eighty one and a half tonne
boulders around Bamford Green to prevent access has been costed at
£5,540 net of VAT, however, a number of issues have been
raised. The boulders would be very
large and could be unsightly (made worse by the addition of the
required access gate), they could attract graffiti, be a temptation
to play on and field maintenance would be more difficult and costly
around each boulder.
An alternative option is installing bird beak fencing around the
perimeter of Bamford Green at a height of 600mm at a cost of
£5,485 net of VAT. Such a barrier
can be examined on the Kirkholt estate;
it is unobtrusive, discrete and attractive to look at. It has been completely effective in deterring the
travellers. Pictures of bird beak fencing installed in Milnrow Memorial Park were handed out for all to
see. Environmental Management believes
the bird beak fencing is the better option. It was asked whether the quote was for both parts
of the Green, either side of the road in to Bamford Mews, or the
one piece of the Green on the right said of that road as looked at
from the Precinct towards Bamford Mews. This issue will be checked.
The forum voted unanimously to install bird beak fencing and the
Ward Members agreed to fund the scheme. Environmental Management will be asked once the
fencing is installed to remove the mound and fill in the ditch
which will improve the look of Bamford Green.
Police And Communities Together
statistics were given out for the previous three month
Good news is that three burglars have been arrested in the act of
separate and unconnected cases; one on Tyrone Drive and two on Bury
Road. These two offenders lived out of
the area but were previously known to Police. Forensic enquiries will be made to link these three
offenders to other crimes.
Thefts from motor vehicles has gone down, there were nine, eight of
which were thefts from unsecured vehicles.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are running a safety and
security check initiative. Officers
will be out on foot, pedal cycles and vehicles and referrals can be
made via GMP.
The GMP Drink Drive initiative is ongoing and will continue in to
the New Year.
A speeding operation using a calibrated speed gun has been carried
out on Norden Road at 1300 hours on a
week day during which out of 270 vehicles monitored only 5 were
doing over 30mph and only one doing over 40mph; clearly the obvious
uniformed presence was a deterrent. The operation will be repeated
on a regular basis and War Office Road in the evenings will be
Following an Open Day visit to Rochdale Police Station, a resident
expressed surprise that there are no cells whatsoever
Grace, Community Engagement Officer from Healthwatch Rochdale, gave a presentation on the
service and outlined that Healthwatch
Rochdale is one of 152 nationally and is the local consumer
champion of Health and Social Care services with statutory powers
to ensure that the voice of the general public is heard, funded by
Central Government and is not either Rochdale Council or NHS. It
provides a signposting service, an independent Complaints Advocacy
service, one to one conversations and drop in sessions across all
four Townships. It has definite
national branding to be recognisable. Healthwatch Rochdale
gathers, collates and analyses feedback from the public and reports
to the Clinical Commissioning Group, the Local Authority and
Service Providers both locally and nationally.
drains are blocked on Bury Road from Norden Road to Queens Park
Road and on War Office Road at the junction with Bury Road near The
Winston Churchill. Norden Road and
Bagslate Moor Road drains are blocked again; this is the third
consecutive Area Forum this location has been raised. These drains have been worked on the last two
occasions. Highways are further
investigating two problematic drains on Norden Road at the junction
of Highlands Road. These drains are not
a high priority due to no risk of flooding to properties, but these
may be the cause of the ongoing problem further along the road and
need sorting out.
Action: Request all drains are cleared and
investigation is completed (Stuart Hay)
Pedestrian island near Pegasus Court
were given for the installation of the pedestrian island near
Pegasus Court which is proving very useful to residents.
It was confirmed that
Rochdale Council has a Japanese Knotweed treatment plan in place
for the Roch Valley area for the coming years.
Half Acre Mews are not having their bins emptied.
Councillor Sullivan will raise the
Bamford Green Christmas tree lights
Councillor asked for suggestions for the colour of next
year’s Bamford Green Christmas tree lights. The forum voted unanimously for multi coloured
lights. Eon has had several sub-contractors looking at the
electricity supply to the Christmas tree
which appeared to be a waste of time and money. Eon have an agreed contract across the Rochdale and
Oldham Boroughs and any time or money wasted on unnecessary visits
is theirs and not Rochdale Council.
Mojitos Wine Bar extension
Mojitos Wine Bar extension has gone to an independent Planning
Appeal in another area; Ward Councillors have provided additional
Have your say on
Rochdale Council savings for
2016/17 and 2017/18
Since 2010 Rochdale Council has agreed savings of
£143 million, and by 2018 there is a need to save approximately another
£37 million more.
Budget savings consultation will be an ongoing process until the
estimated target for saving £37 million is met. Rochdale Council will have
less money, fewer staff and resources and will not be able to do as
much as it has so it is vital it focuses on the things
that matter to residents. It is
those views which will help in the
making of informed decisions as part
of the budget
consultation. Consultation commenced on 24 November
2015 and the closing date is 1700 hours on
Friday 8 January 2016.
A letter specifically in relation to the proposal to reconfigure
the Community Safety Team and reduce commissioned budgets
(reference CC103) had been sent out with the agenda papers and was
available at the meeting.
The proposals can be viewed and commented on in person at libraries
and customer service centres or online or Freepost RTKH-UCCB-JSJU,
Rochdale Borough Council, Public Consultation, PO Box 100, Rochdale
All residents’ views
will be recorded and consider
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Date and time of next meeting
14 March 2016 at 6.30pm in Bamford Chapel